April 28, 2013 by Ifeoma Dennis
“First, I do not sit down at my desk to put into verse something that is already clear in my mind. If it were clear in my mind, I should have no incentive or need to write about it. We do not write in order to be understood; we write in order to understand.”
No quote rang truer this past week for me.
(Just a side note: I think one of the issues that went wrong with my first MS, BLUED was that I wrote it to be understood, not to understand).
I’m a plotter— because I love having that security of knowing that one day I will get to the end and won’t be stopped on the road by Writer’s Block—but writing DOT is different.
I’ve covered my character outlines (names, history, quirks etc) but the plot outline is taking some time.
And this is the reason why- I don’t know much of the world of my characters to move the scenes forward (which might sound absurd or even unserious because it’s fantasy, so their world is my making… right?)
I realize now I cannot know their world by just plotting scene after scene without writing. Learning comes with each chapter I write (I’ve written just two out of a proposed thirty), with every new word I type.
In a way, it’s like I’m reading my own book.
And I know it would take the whole of the first draft before I ever get to that point where I can feel- YES, I KNOW THIS WORLD. I LIVE WITH THEM.
So I’ll take my time with DOT. Maybe one year, maybe less. But one day, it will get done.
And the day DOT gets done, I can truly say, “Yes, I know my characters. I know their world. I understand.”